Gateway To The West In St. Louis, Missouri, Route 66, US66, Gateway Arch digital images taken at the Arch National Park

Gateway To The West In St. Louis, MissouriHistoric Route US 66The Jefferson National Expansion Memorial encompasses the Gateway Arch, and the surrounding National Park in forty square blocks of the St. Louis, Missouri waterfront that was built to commemorate the westward expansion of the United States. The winning monument design was decided by a national competition. An architect: Eero Saarinen won the achitectual competition, he said: “Neither an obelisk nor a rectangular box nor a dome seemed right on this site or for this purpose. But here, at the edge of the Mississippi River, a great arch seemed right”. The Gateway Arch, a classic weighted catenary curve, his Improbable Dream, stands here today.September, a cool Thursday morning over the Mississippi River as we approach the monument exit just ahead on I-55. Very few of the 4 million visitors per year were here on this fall weekday morning, after the busy summer season.Parking area is on the angled bank of the Mississippi RiverWhat you don’t see as you drive past the city from the interstate, the entrance to the below ground museum, Odyssey Theatre, extensive displays, and the underground entrance ways to the 40 passenger tram system where you board the 8 small passenger capsules that hold 5 people each for the 4 minute ride to the top. It is also 630 ft from the south span of the arch at the left in the image above, to the north span, beyond the entrance way.The impatient beginning of a new adventure, lets go!One of the displays with artifacts and various items, that depict the times, and the items used by prospectors, pioneers, Chinese miners, Indians, cowboys, trappers, the railroad, and other folks on their ambitious journeys out west.Built between 1963 – 1965, the Gateway Arch is 630 feet high at the top, by comparison, the tip of the Ladies Torch at The Statue of Liberty, is 305 ft at the highest point.Bobby presenting our tickets as we head down another level from the museum area to the Tram boarding area. The path is lined with elaborate displays, and detailed images of the construction of this wonder of the world. The adult and child admission fee was 10 dollars total for both of us, it also includes the National Park entrance fee.5 of the previous 40 passengers disembarking.We are in the Pod 4 minutes from the top!After passing through the metal detector area, you arrive at the 8 small, inclined loading doors that keep the close quartered five passengers per capsule horizontal throughout the entire trip to the top. We swapped cameras with the knee touching passengers in the two seats across from us, and the image of me and Bobby Jr. above was taken in the capsule by them.The arch under construction early in 1963, showing the “Creeper Derricks” that adjusted to the various outside radius changes as they rode tracks on the outside of the 1/4″ polished stainless steel plate monument on both sides until meeting at the final keyway piece placed at the top in 1965.The official marker at the top of the radius floored passenger viewing compartment at the very top center with viewing windows that face East and West.The view across the river toward the east, from 630 ft up! Out of 4 million per year, 5,500 visitors per day in the busy season ride to the top and get to share these breathtaking views!Downtown St. Louis, facing west, what a magnificent view, and national monument!Back down to board capsule #5, from the observation deck. On our return 3 minute trip to the base, the tram travels one minute faster than the ride to the top. keukens op maat . We passed this facinating place many times, never stopping to have a look at was mostly underground and in the arch: The Gateway To The West